Western Queens, Queens
Sebastian Delpino, Serena Fernandes, Shiwani Pol
The neighborhood has always been one of transformation and that is true for today too. Queens has seen a growth in the construction industry over the past decade and simultaneous decline in the manufacturing industry. This transformation will lead to gentrification of the area. NYCHA is partly resilient to the negative impacts of gentrification as the rents remain immune to the changing conditions, but higher prices of commodities is a challenge which may lead to further isolation of the NYCHA houses. The isolation of Queensbridge houses can be appropriated to act as connections to the neighborhood through three proposed design strategy to strengthen the transactions between neighborhoods.
The Civic Core: This boosts the sense of community and can be elaborated as a program to cater to varied audiences.
The Commercial Edge: With the core being repurposed, the commercial edges now prompt new residents and people of NYCHA to move towards the edge thus providing various retail options thus boosting transactions.
The Greenway: Vernon Boulevard is the only street connecting all the open spaces along the waterfront. The proposition of the Greenway originating from the NYCHA campuses helps in stitching NYCHA to the entire neighborhood.